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U.S. natural gas imports reach lowest level in 28 years

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Domestic natural gas production has hit record highs during the ongoing shale boom, and the low natural gas prices have played a role in replacing imports. Nearly 98 percent of natural gas imports came from Canada, but Canadian natural gas represented 7 percent of total U.S. natural gas consumption last year, which was down from 11 percent in 2009, according to the EIA.

EIA: Gasoline still dominates, but other fuels have grabbed their biggest share of U.S. transportation in decades

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America’s transportation today is running on the largest share of non-petroleum energy since 1954, according to an analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Work has started to prepare a site in Oklahoma City for a new gas-to-liquids plant that will convert landfill gas into petroleum products. (Envia Energy)

Houston-area companies break ground on landfill gas-to-diesel project

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Construction will begin soon on the first of a series of gas-to-liquids plants under development by an array of Houston-based companies to produce petroleum products from landfill gas.
(Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg)

Natural gas prices rise on inventory data

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The Energy Department says natural gas in storage grew by 111 billion cubic feet for the week ending last Friday.
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Commentary: Energy Consumers and the 84th Texas Legislature

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A quick update about a few bills of interest to energy consumers — and whether those bills are alive, dead or somewhere in between.
A gas well on the Payne lease, operated by Vantage Energy, burns during a thunderstorm after severe weather and lightning moved across North Texas, Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Denton, Texas. (David Minton/The Denton Record-Chronicle via AP)

Video: Lightning strike sparks huge natural gas blaze in Denton

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Denton city spokeswoman Lindsey Baker says firefighters extinguished the blaze early Friday. Nobody was hurt.
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Apache takes big writedown, report loss for the quarter

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Apache Corp. reported a $4.7 billion writedown because of falling oil and natural gas prices, leading the company to declare a $4.65 billion net loss for the first quarter.
Rep. Jim Keffer

Commentary: HB 3749: The Year’s Most Important Legislation for Gas Utility Customers

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The Houston Chronicle this week has highlighted what is likely the year’s most important state legislation for gas utility customers. House Bill 3749, by state Rep. Jim Keffer, will help ensure that Texas cities continue having a voice to defend their citizens against unwarranted gas utility rate hikes. A key legislative committee approved the bill last […]
(Sam Hodgson/Bloomberg)

Guest commentary: America’s new and improved energy mix

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Demand for alternative energy sources is untethered from oil and natural gas prices, the writers argue.
A Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. natural gas drilling rig operates in the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania. (Cabot Oil)

Cabot’s profits slip 62 percent amid lower oil prices

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The Houston-based company said it offset plunging prices by ramping up output in the first quarter.